Palestinians create unity government with Hamas terror group. Why is this a problem?

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with his new unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 2, 2014 (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90/Times of Israel) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with his new unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 2, 2014 (photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90/Times of Israel)

(Washington, D.C.) — U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace talks ended in April. Unfortunately, the Israelis and Palestinians did not make peace with each other. But in a development that surprised many, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank did make peace with the Hamas leadership in Gaza.

On Monday, the Palestinians announced a “unity” government comprised of the somewhat moderate Fatah movement and Hamas.

Why is this a problem?

Because Hamas is a radical terrorist organization. Its 1988 charter makes clear that it is an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood; forbids all peace talks; calls for the annihilation of Israel by armed, violent jihad; seeks to impose Sharia law on every man, woman and child in the Holy Land; and would force all Jews and Christians to convert to Islam or be branded an infidel and…

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